Starting a home garden is no easy feat especially due to the amount of time and resources you’ll have to dedicate to taking care of the plants. Granted, some plants are easier to take care of than others and the benefits far outweigh the detriments of having plants in your home. No matter how much furniture, paintings or stuff that someone has in their home, it won’t feel alive without some plants scattered around.
Plants bring life to your home
This first thing that you’ll have to decide is what kind of plant you want to grow in your home. For this list, I’ll only mention the easy ones but that doesn’t make them any better or worse than the harder ones. Each plant will include a brief description, care guide and image.
Aloe Vera plants are very useful yet easy to grow. Their long, pointed leaves have medicinal properties which include healing sunburns, burns, wounds and various other skin injuries (Cut the leaves from the tip and only as much as you need. Do not cut off the entire leaf). It can grow up to 3 feet high and makes for a wonderful addition to any home. Aloe Vera like temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and prefer to not have too much water.
Besides the lovely addition it makes to any bookshelves, due to it’s trailing branches that can reach up to 8 feet, this plant has air-purifying qualities which helps remove toxins from your home. If the branches get too long, feel free to cut them back because it won’t cause the plant any harm. This plant does well in a wide array of room temperatures and prefers to have a good source of sunlight.
While this plant might not grow to become large or have medicinal properties, it does brighten any home with its shiny leaves and cute appearance. There are over 800 varieties of this plant and they prefer several days of dry soil after watering. They love the sun and thrive in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
This plant offers a glimpse into the tropics with it’s palm leaves and bright colors. It can grow up to 7 feet but if that’s too large, keep it in a smaller pot to hamper its growth. This palm does best in direct sunlight (tropical plant) and prefers somewhat dry soil.
The first thing you want to make sure the pot has are small holes at the bottom so that water may flow out of it. If water simply gathers at the bottom, the roots will drown and die. For some plants, pot size is important because it can hamper their ability to grow. Other than that, choosing a pot depends on your style preferences and budget.
Soil & Water
You may think that simply grabbing soil from your backyard will be sufficient, but do not do that. That soil may be filled with weed seeds, fungal diseases or insects which will not only get into your homes but will also damage the plant. Instead, buy potting soil from a store because it does not include the seeds or insects and it is nutrient rich for the plant. Keep in mind that some plants require different types of soil. For example, one of my bonsai plants died because it was placed in the wrong type of soil…
It’s important to find out how much water your plant needs before you start watering it. Too much or too little water can end up killing the plant.
While it may require you to take care of plants on a daily/weekly basis, plants will almost certainly brighten your life as much as they’ll brighten your home. I encourage you to try growing even one and I promise you that you won’t regret it.
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